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The Rock-itt : February 2014
b By THE ROCK-ITT’S MR MOVIES ROBERT FLORCZAK http://www.robertflorczak.com Gunga Din"- I have trod the other-worldly terrain of the Alabama Hills of Lone Pine, California several times an d plan on r eturning again. The area has been one of Hollywood directors' prime choices as a stand in for India and the old west, and with each visit I discover new corners I hadn't before. For this scene from the 1939 Cary Grant classic I was able to get my camera in the identical position as the movie cameraman. A haunting and beautiful spot, with hardly a rock or crevice ch anged in seventy-five years. Movie Locations Then and Now "Tar zan's Secret Tr easure" - How better to show the passage of time than to see modern housing appearing in the precise location of what was so often the faraway backdrop for celluloid dreams. In this case, Tar zan and his family stand among the rocks and cliffs of a supposed Africa--an Africa that in reality was Iverson Ranch in a small corner of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley. Today it is home to a community of tidy townhouses, and though I personally rue the fact that the area was sullied by the added ar chitecture, I must com e clean and admit that I considered buying one of the townh ouses when they were built in the early 1980s. But don't tell anyone I've admitted this As "Movie Locations- Then & Now" winds to a close over the next few months, I've decided in this and the next instalment to simply take a casual stroll through some of the other locations I've visited over the year s. They represent a mix of significant and lesser examples from film history, but each one a film dear to my heart. Here ar e some random thoughts: "Charge of the Light Brigade" - War ner Bros. had their art department design and build an entire British fort on the flats of Lasky Mesa, twenty miles west of the studio. The area is still quite desolate, as my "Now" photo proves, so it's not difficult to imagine the sights and sounds of the battles taking place in this 1936 Errol Flynn actioner. However, just over the grassy plain in the near distance is a constantly clogged Los Angeles freeway, a hard reminder that we are in 21st century California and not 19th century Crimea. VISIT......http://www.robertflorczak.com
March Rock-itt 2014